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Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers

CCFC works for the rights of children to grow up—and the freedom for parents to raise them—without being undermined by commercial interests. We advocate for policies to protect children from harmful marketing and promote commercial-free time and space for kids. Learn more...

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Why Kids Need Commercial-Free

Why is advertising harmful to children? How do marketers target kids? Why is screen-free time essential to healthy development? How can we de-commercialize holiday celebrations and school book fairs? Find resources...

Take a Stand for Children

Our voices make a difference. Visit our Action Center to learn about CCFC’s current campaigns to stop the corporate takeover of childhood and how you can get involved. Take action!

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Help us stand up to the world’s most powerful companies with your tax-deductible contribution. We rely on people like you because we will not compromise our commitment to children by accepting corporate funding. Make a gift.

Recent News

Zuckerberg asked about CCFC’s Messenger Kids campaign at Senate hearing

On April 10, 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified at a hearing before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees.  Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois asked him a series of questions related...

Google and YouTube Are Invading Children's Privacy

On April 9, CCFC and the Center for Digital Democracy took a groundbreaking step to protect children’s privacy: We filed a Federal Trade Commission Complaint detailing how Google is breaking the law...

The FTC must investigate Facebook

CCFC has joined EPIC Privacy and 14 other privacy and consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Facebook violated a 2011 FTC order when it...

Screen-Free Week

Screen-Free Week is April 30 - May 6, 2018! Join communities around the world as they unplug from ad-supported screens and rediscover the joys of the physical world. Learn more and find ways to celebrate at screenfree.org

FB Messenger Kids

UPDATE: Read the new CCFC statement on Facebook ignoring the concerns of experts and expanding its kids’ app to Android.

In December, Facebook rolled out Messenger Kids, the first major social media app for children under 13. The app is likely to normalize social media use by kids as young as five. But a wealth of research links adolescent social media use to depression, poor sleep habits, and unhealthy body image – and younger children are even less equipped to deal with the interpersonal challenges and addictive power of social media.

That's why CCFC and 117 child development experts and advocates sent a letter to Facebook  urging them to scrap the Messenger Kids app. 

Now we need your help.

Sign the Petition!